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Go For It!

Philippians 3:8  “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”

 

A number of years ago I went cliff jumping with a couple of friends.  To be clear they had done this before and it was my first time!  I remember walking up to edge of the cliff, looking over, and stepping back.  I did this a number of times until eventually I decided to “go for it!”  What a rush. 

 

Tags:  Go For It, Paul, Philippians, Step of Faith, Faith

Humbling

Matthew 18:3 “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Pride makes us do silly things. I was consulting with a company a number of years ago when one employee discovered that another employee was making a little more than him. He requested that his salary be raised to one dollar higher than his co-worker. The marginal increase made virtually no impact on his standard of living so I asked him why he made this request. He said that it was a matter of pride. 

 

Tags:  Humbling, Matthew, Pride

Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.”

My daughter has worked at Chick-fil-a for the past year and truly loves her job.  One of the many things I admire about this company is its corporate culture and one of my favorite things they do is say “My Pleasure” to almost any request.  “Can I have another ice tea?”  “My Pleasure.”  “Can I have some extra sauce?”  “My Pleasure” I only wish my daughter would say “My Pleasure” when I ask her to clean her room!

Tags:  Paul, Thessalonians, Thankfulness, Give Thanks, My Pleasure

Finding God’s Will: Pray Continually

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

Finding God’s will sounds mystical and complicated.  And often we are only concerned with the will of God when we feel stuck or confused.  But in 1 Thessalonians 5 we see three practical steps what will allow us to live in the will of God.  

Tags:  Finding Gods Will, Pray Continually, 1 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Mark

Rejoice Always

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

 

Have you ever been overwhelmed with joy?  Last year I attended the Ohio State-Penn State football game in “Happy Valley.”  It was a perfect day, the people were great, and the game was amazing!  It came down to the final play and in the end the team I was cheering for (Ohio State) prevailed.  I remember running out of the stadium that night with the overwhelming feeling of joy! 

 

Tags:  Rejoice, Thessalonians

Financial Freedom

Financial Freedom

 

1 Timothy 6:6-7 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”

 

Tags:  Freedom, Financial Freedom, 1 Timothy

Hang Ups

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Have you ever watched someone who is hung up on something? Last month I was moderating a faith-based peer advisory group when the business owner who was hosting shared how he was struggling to find a solution for an issue he had been wrestling with for years. This hang up was more than frustrating it was threatening his business and future. After sharing the issue a group of trusted advisors began to ask questions and suggest possible solutions when then it happened… They stumbled upo
Tags:  Hang Ups, John, Freedom

Habits

Romans 7:19 “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing.”
The other day I received a notice that was troubling. I glanced down on my phone to see a report that I used my phone for over 3 hours that day. I know that some of that time was for work but when I looked deeper into the report it revealed that much of the time was used to browse newsfeeds, social media, and a certain golf game that has become a little addiction.
Tags:  Habits, Romans, Paul, Addictive

Hurts

Luke 6:28 “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
A couple of weeks ago I was moving quickly through my house and not really paying attention to where I was going. As I passed the end of my coffee table I miss judged the distance needed to clear the corner and caught the pinky toe of my right foot on the leg of the table. Ouch! If you have ever done this then you know this really hurts! What happened next was a yell, a cry, a message to the table about how it was at fault, and finally acceptance that I caused the pain.
Tags:  Hurts, Luke, Freedom

Sabotaging Faith

Psalm 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” 
On July 30 th 1916 a fire started in a munitions depot in the New York City harbor. Over 50 tons of TNT exploded and the damage was extreme. Windows were shattered throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Statue of Liberty was damaged and tragically 10 people lost their lives trying to contain the fire. Later it was determined that the fire was not an accident but rather and act of sabotage by a German spy named Franz Von Rintelen
Tags:  Sabotaging Faith, Psalm, 1 John, Hebrews, Exodus, Faith